Scripture Reading: John 9:1–7
A. We are very well aware of the brevity of life, but sometimes it does us good to be reminded of it (James 4:14; Psalms 39:5; 90:10).
B. Jesus saw the need to be busy about His Father’s work at a young age (Luke 2:49). Where are we spending our time?
I. Because Jesus’ life on earth was so brief, there were some things that needed to be done very quickly.
A. Because their time with Jesus was so short, the time and resources that disciples spent on Him could not have been invested any better (Luke 10:40–41; John 12:1–7).
B. Jesus spent much of His time in prayer (Mark 1:35; Matthew 14:23; 26:36–44), and He knew when it was time to move on (Mark 1:38).
C. Jesus explained to the twelve that, although His time with them was short (Luke 17:22), it was to their benefit for Him to go away (John 16:14–16).
II. Some activities need to be given priority in our lives.
A. Let us honor our parents while we can (Ephesians 6:1–3).
B. Let us instruct our children while they are still impressionable (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6; 2 Timothy 3:15).
C. Let us teach the lost (John 4:35–36) and obey the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8) while there is time.
A. Life is short; don’t waste another precious moment (Romans 5:16).
B. While there are many good and innocent pleasures that we can enjoy in this life, we must make certain that we keep them in balance and that we take time to be holy.